Tim Rogers gives us 3 important rock'n'roll lessons
I've been asked 103 times, 'Hey Uncle Tim, what advice would you give to young performers?' and always abstained for reasons that should be obvious.
If not, it's because rule number one should always be, 'don't listen to the advice of middle age, middlingly successful dandies like myself'.
However, time has come, and I'm Tim 'Heavy Heart' Rogers dagnammit. So here we go...
Always be polite and generous with crew
At shows, in the studio, in the rehearsal room or in your massage parlour.
From the monitor engineer to the gentleman cleaning the venue, they all work harder than you ever, ever will. They start before you do and finish well before you're mournfully attempting to masturbate yourself to sleep. They deserve your respect and the disproportionate share of your cherished drink rider.
Ignore all requests to write a hit
You'll end up hating the song as it will most likely be stuck together with elements that weren't of your creation and you'll have to play it every flippin' night. Write what excites you, what moves you.
Imagine if a professional heard the brilliant Violent Soho write 'Covered In Chrome' and suggested to the resident genius Luke Boerdam that the lyric "a pussy is a piece of skin wrapped in a pocket" or "hell fuck yeah" didn't fit the formula. Frig that. Write what excites you.
If you trash a hotel room or waste a band room because it's 'rock'n'roll', then you're a flippin' dick.
You're not sticking it to the man by trashing that room, you're making the cleaning man or woman's morning shithouse. I used to clean out dressing rooms at the Canberra Theatre, alright?
We're entertainers. We're in the service industry as well. You wreck a room, you're betraying a bond between us noble savages that's served with a smile on our faces and vengeance in our hearts.